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Octl, 1935. F. w. JOHNSON ETAL 2,016,009
CASEl Filed July 29, 1932 2 "3W/71 J I, ATTORNEY.
Patented Oct. 1, 1935 PATENT OFFICE CASE Frank W. Johnson, South Pasadena, and Harold H. Patterson, Los Angeles, Calif;
Application July 29, 1932, Serial No. 626,193
This invention relates to cases of the type adapted to hold chips.
The invention has for an object the provision of a case for holding chips which is compact,
easily carried, maintains the chips in a definite order without fear of shifting, and which has certain parts so arranged that the chips may be readily moved to a given position within the case when the case is open so that the chips may be readily contacted.
The invention contemplates a carrying case within which are one or more trays, the trays being adapted to hold chips' of different denominations, and which tray or trays .are movable to position the Same at a convenient angle so that the chips may be readily removed from the tray or trays.
A further object of the invention is the provision of a case adapted to hold one or more trays in such a manner that chips are prevented from accidental dislodgment from the tray so as to fall beneath the tray and renderrecovery thereof difficult.
The invention has for .a further object the provision of a case for holding chips or the like, which is simple of construction, inexpensive in cost of manufacture, and generally superior to devices now known to the inventors.
With the above and other objects in view, the invention consists in the novel and useful provision, formation, construction, association, and relative arrangement of parts, .members and features, all as shown in a certain embodiment in the accompanying drawing, described generally, and more particularly pointed out in the claims.
Figure l is a perspective View oi the chip case, the cover being removed,
Figure 2 is a longitudinal sectional view of the case, the cover being in position,
Figure 3 is a cross' sectional view on the line 3-3 of Figure l, and,
Figure 4 is a fragmentary transverse sectional view on the line -fl of Figure 3, with chips Within certain of the trays.
Referring now with particularity to the drawing, the improved chip case is designated as an entirety by I and the same includes a case or box 2, having end members 3 and 4, side members 5 and 6, and a base l, all said members being held in position of aggroupment in any convenient manner. The end members, constituting the top and bottom portions of the case, are both provided with,ledges 8 and 9 and the side members 5 and 6 correspond in height to .Figure 3.
(Cl. 20G-'72) the height of the said ledges. This construction readily accommodates a cover I0 which rests upon the ledges and overlies the tops ofthe side members, as shown in Figure 2. To this end, the end member 3k may be provided with one 5 or. more transverse openings, such as indicated at II, adapted to receive one or more pins I2 projecting from the end of the top I0. The top adjacent the opposite end thereof is formed with a channel I3 adapted to conne a pull bolt I4, 10 which bolt is adapted to be received within an opening I5 inthe top li, whereby the cover is held locked to the case.
Within the case are adapted to be conned one or more trays and in the present instance 15 two trays are shown and designated as I6 and Il. The trays may be of the same length or one tray may be of greater length than the other, the size of the trays and the number thereof being optional and depending upon the size of the 20 case. In the present instance, the tray I1 is of greater length than the tray i6 and both trays are of the same width, The trays, however, are of identical construction, although within the purview of our invention and the scope of the 25 claim, we reserve the right to change the general conguration thereof. Both trays are provided with oneA or more elongated transversely curved grooves It of .a size best adapted to hold a chip or chips, as shown in Figure 4, the chips being 30 designated as i9. The said trays may be of solid block formation with the elongated grooves cut therein, or the chip receiving grooves may be formed within a block secured to a framing. In the present instance, the chip receiving grooves 35 are'formed in a block and fitted within a framing, as follows:
The tray I6 is provided with a base 20, and end wall 2i and a pair of side walls 22 and 23. The end wall 2| is of greater height than the side 40 walls. This construction is followed for the tray Il, with the exception that yone end of the side walls is angled relative to the base, as shown at 24; otherwise, the same reference numerals will apply to this tray. YThe chip receiving member 45 constitutes a block 25 formed with the transversely curved grooves I8, and this block is tted against the end wall 2| and between the side walls 22 and 23 and held therebetween by any suitable means. 50
Operating mechanism designated generally as 26 is provided for moving the trays from a position paralleling the base i, as shown in Figure 2, to an angle relative to said base, as shown in This mechanism includes a pair of 55 thickness, as shown at 31.
rods 21, one adjacent each side of the case, one
' end of which rods are interconnected by a crossbar 22. Centrally extending from the cross-bar 28 is a pull lever 29. This pull lever is passed through a slot 30 in the top Links are provided for both sides -of the trays, as shown in Figures 2 and 3, the links being designated as 3|. One end of a link is pivotally secured to a side of the tray whileV the opposite end is pivotally securedto a rod 21. Transversely extending between sides of the case are blocks 32 and 33. The block 33 istransversely bored to accommodate passage therethrough of the rods 21, and
Y this block likewise acts toguide movement of. said rods. The end wall 2| of the tray |6 carries a hinge 3 adjacent the base 20 and this hinge Vhas one leaf secured to the top surface of the block 32. The tray |1 is likewise provided with a hinge 35 in the same location as for the tray I6 With one leaf thereof secured to the top surface of the transverse block 33. In order to guide movement of the pull lever 29, I have provided a small block 3E 'formed with a slot in alignment with the slot S, the pull lever being passed through the slot in the block, as best shown in Figure 3. The inner surface of the end dis inclined or progressively increases in Vtransverse The inner surface may be curved to correspond to the radius of curvature deiinedwhen the tray I 1 is moved relative to its hinge point. The ends 24 ofthe tray are so curved as to normally conform to the curvature of this inner surface 21.
It is apparent that the operating mechanism 2E for the trays may be m-odied by placing a rod V21 centrally of the box 2 with the links 3| attached to the bases of the Vtrays midway betweenl the sides thereof. This would simplify Vthe construction and avoid duplication of mechanism, the pull lever 29 being directly secured to the .rod 21 or forming a part thereof.
The operation, uses and advantages of the in-V vention just described are as follows:
Upon removing the cover ID from the case, a pull upon the lever 29 will project the trays outwardly from the position shown in Figure 2 to that shownin Figure 1. As this lever is moved,
Y the rods 21 are correspondingly moved to in turn swing the links 3| from the position shown in Figure 2 to that of Figure 3. These links raise the trays relative to their hinged positions with the extended end 2| of the tray I6 abutting against the inner surface of the end 3 of the tray and the extended end 2| of the tray |1 abutting f against the upper end of the tray 6. The movement is such that the links 3| move slightly beyond a center position so that the trays are maintained in the inclined position without fear:
of dropping unless the lever 29 is forciblyV pushed inwardly to move the links. When chips are placed within the chip receiving channels, said chips are prevented from dropping from said channels beneath the trays, due to the close fit that exists'between the said trays. It will be noted that the end 24 of the tray I1 has a close fit engagement with the inner surface of the end 4 lof the case, and that the extended end of the 10 tray |1 by reasonY of its abutment against the end of the tray l6, prevents the likelihood of any chips falling between the trays at this zone. Furthermore, chips are prevented from falling into the case adjacent the hinge 34 by reason Yof the extended end 2| of the tray YI6 engaging the inner surface of the end 3 of the case. The construction is such that the chip case may be rela-V tively shallow and still provide for a considerable tip, if desired, for the trays. of providing a constantly changing Vradius of movement for the links in their engagement be- This is the result .H
tween the rods and the trays, considering the pivot points for the trays.
When the trays are lying flat within the case, the chips may be positioned therein in accordance with their denominations and when the cover is placed upon the case, it is apparent from the showing of Figure 2, the height of the chips being indicated by dotted lines at 38, that 30 said chips are held in position. The case is easily carried and as the construction is simple, theV chip case may be manufactured at little expense. v It is obviousV that various changes and modications and varations may be made in prac- 3 ticing the invention in departure from the particular showing of the drawing without departing from the truerspirit of the invention, as dei iined by the scope of the appended claim.
'In a device of the character disclosed, a case, a chip tray hinged at its rear end to the base of said case to swing completely into the case or to swing outwardly of the case into a position with'its forward end above the case, said tray being formed with longitudinal channels `for holding chips, a pull rod mounted in said case, a link connected to said pull rod and to said tray, and an actuating member connected to said pull rod and extending through the front end of said case Y for pulling said rod forwardly or pushing it rearwardly for` swinging said tray through the medium of said link, outwardly or inwardly of said case.
, FRANK W. JOHNSON.
HAROLD H. PATTERSON.